Walk on Water
(ללכת על המים, Lalekhet Al HaMayim
) is a 2004 Israeli
film. It is directed by New York-born Israeli director Eytan Fox and stars Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, and Caroline Peters. The screenplay was written by Gal Uchovsky. Most of the dialogue takes place in English, although there is much in Hebrew and German.
Eyal is a Mossad
hitman who targets enemies of Israel. His wife has recently committed suicide, and his chief Menachem decides that he needs to take on a less challenging assignment: to find Alfred Himmelman, an aging Nazi war criminal, and get him "before God does". In order to track down the old man, Eyal poses as a tour guide and befriends Himmelman's adult grandchildren, Axel and Pia.
Walk on Water provides examples of the following:
- Arab-Israeli Conflict: Takes place during the height of the Second Intifada in Israel, when suicide bombings were an almost daily occurrence.
- Argentina Is Naziland: Himmelman took refuge in Argentina after the war.
- Babies Ever After: Eyal and Pia are shown to be happily married with a child two years after the events of the film.
- Badass Israeli: Eyal is a realistic version of the trope.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It is ultimately Axel who carries out the killing of his grandfather on his own initiative, after Eyal spares the aged, sickly man's life.
- Black Speech: In Eyal's family of German Holocaust survivors, German became this.
- Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: Eyal uses Hebrew to do this several times around Axel, and relates an anecdote about his old schoolmates who, on a student exchange to Germany, played a dark "game" by approaching random passers-by who were old enough to have been adults during World War II, and asking them in Hebrew, "What were you doing when my family was being burnt?".
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: What Iris probably thought of Eyal's profession before she committed suicide.
- Innocent Bystander: The drag queens in the Berlin underground.
- Manly Tears: Even though he can't cry, Eyal breaks down in remorse in Axel's arms at the end.
- Nazi Hunter: Eyal is initially reluctant and prefers to let the old nazi die but Menachem insists on punishing him before God does.